Jetsetter guide to the Amalfi Coast

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Travellers flock to the Amalfi Coast in the summer, drawn to its staggering sea views, rich culinary scene and necklace of clifftop towns draped along the coastline.

Most visitors head straight to Amalfi and Sorrento, but beyond these well-known towns lies a smattering of under-the-radar spots that are ripe for exploration. From fresh octopus in sleepy Praiano to scenic swimming spot Fiordo di Furore, these are the pearls of the Amalfi Coast from in-the-know jetsetters staying at Casa Angelina.

 

 

Erica Choi (@eggcanvas), digital design director of Barneys New York and founder of fashion and lifestyle blog Egg Canvas

 

What brought you to the Amalfi Coast?

The Amalfi Coast has been top of my must-visit list for years now, but having only dreamt of the colourful cliffside villages and patterned umbrellas that line the beaches, I decided it was finally time to make that trip happen.

 

Did you discover any hidden gems during your trip?

If you wander around Praiano and Positano, you can’t help but unearth hidden gems, from amazing restaurants to secluded beaches and charming local boutiques. I walked all the way up the winding road in Praiano and discovered a little restaurant called Kasai, where I ate the best octopus I’ve ever had. One afternoon, I took a day trip to Capri and the boat journey was beautiful, plus the experience felt more like an idyllic island getaway. Visiting Ravello was also one of my most memorable moments – the views all around were absolutely breathtaking.

 

What are your top packing tips?

Be sure to remember a good pair of comfortable shoes, as there’s a lot of ground to cover, and a lot of stairs – so be prepared to work those calves. Great summer accessories such as a hat and sunglasses will protect you from the sun, as well as make your look! Definitely pack a lightweight, but good, camera so you can capture those holiday memories.

 

What was your favourite design element to Casa Angelina?

I loved the all-white aesthetic that streamed through the hotel interiors; it felt so fresh and chic.

 

 

Olivia Perez (@LivvPerez), founder of Friend of a friend, a lifestyle website covering fashion, beauty, culture and travel

 

What brought you to the Amalfi Coast?

My sister and I came to the Amalfi Coast many times as children, but never as adults without our parents. It was always one of our favourite destinations and we wanted a unique experience: a trip to discover the hidden gems of the region and find a perfect base we could return to throughout our lives – and we struck gold with Casa Angelina.

 

Did you discover any hidden gems during your trip?

The private beach at Casa Angelina was heaven on earth. It was lively every day with musicians and locals, plus an incredible sea you can jump right in to. Away from the hotel, we loved Da Adolfo in Positano for lunch; the mussels are a must. If you decide to drive into Positano, grab a drink and enjoy the famous view from Franco’s Bar at Le Sirenuse, then have dinner at Michelin-starred Zass, the hotel restaurant of San Pietro di Positano. They bring out pizza as an amuse-bouche – what could be better?

 

What are your top packing tips?

The best part of staying at Casa Angelina is that it’s like staying with family; there are zero expectations to dress a certain way, and you’re able to truly unwind. I could literally pack a bathing suit, sandals and a sundress to wear over it every day. Plus, if you pack light, you can fill your suitcase with Casa Angelina’s house olive oil. Trust me, it’s better than any material possessions you own.
 

What was your favourite design element to Casa Angelina?

The simplicity. Casa Angelina isn’t trying to be a cliché chain hotel – there’s no massive pool area with hundreds of chairs or crazy decor. The understated interiors shine a spotlight on the real star: the location – think chic suites offering unparalleled sea views and local artisanal designs to support the community. The hotel is small yet refined, allowing each guest to have a slice of luxurious privacy and to feel as if they’re staying in their own private home-from-home in the most beautiful place in the world.

 

 

Ana Linares (@ananewyork), lifestyle photographer and former art director at Ralph Lauren

 

What brought you to the Amalfi Coast?

Amalfi has topped my destination wish list for a while now, so I decided to finally make it happen and explore the Amalfi Coast to photograph and document the trip for my latest travel guide.

 

Did you discover any hidden gems during your trip?

Casa Angelina organised a day trip via private boat to Amalfi town; it was lovely and a must if you have time. It’s a very short journey and so scenic and beautiful. You can also take a bus from the centre of Praiano to Fiordo di Furore, another gorgeous scenic swimming spot. I loved having drinks at Bar del Sole across the street from the beautiful San Gennaro Cathedral, just steps away from Casa Angelina.

 

What are your top packing tips?

A bathing suit is a must; the hotel’s pool and beach are a dream. My camera, of course, and a good book. I spent most mornings by the sea or beneath a signature lemon tree by the pool, catching up on some reading and taking pictures.

 

What was your favourite design element to Casa Angelina?

The modern and spacious interiors filled with lighting; I totally loved the design of the property.

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